Lise Davidsen Steps Into Wagner, Verdi Rep

March 29, 2021 | Mike Silverman, Associated Press
To open her new album, the Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen revisits the role that provided her most recent operatic triumph. It’s a smart choice for this eclectic collection of arias and songs. As Leonore, the wife determined to free her … » Read


Kosky's New Rosenkavalier Is Worth Its Weight In, er, Silver

March 23, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Extended lockdowns across Europe mean that the trend for performing opera in empty auditoriums continues apace with the Bayerische Staatsoper’s March 21 streamed premiere of Barrie Kosky’s quirky new staging of Der Rosenkavalier The … » Read


Newly Recorded Americans, Easily Worth a Listen

March 17, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Gil Rose’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Musical America’s 2016 Ensemble of the Year , is on a mission to draw attention to important American works of the 20th and 21st centuries. It may be barred from live performance, but this … » Read


Some Very, Very Serious New Voices at National Sawdust

March 16, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
Curious about the state of the human psyche one year into a world-altering global pandemic? Look no farther than National Sawdust’s Hildegard Commission Concert, a program presenting new works by women, trans, and non-binary composers … » Read


Pretty Yende Excels as Staatsoper's Violetta

March 9, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
The Vienna Staatsoper continues its series of opening nights played live to an empty opera house with this much-anticipated March 7 stream of La Traviata, scheduled for rebroadcast on March 12 . Simon Stone’s production premiered at the … » Read


The United States vs. Billie Holiday: The Star Is Bright, the Film Is Not

March 4, 2021 | Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
Billie Holiday has always been a monster of a role. Diana Ross tackled her on film and Audra McDonald did it on stage. Now it’s time for Andra Day — a singer and actress perfectly named to play Lady Day — and she shines. … » Read


Taking Up Serpents: The Right Opera for the Right Time

March 2, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
Traditional opera, with its larger-than-life multiple accoutrements, has been out of the question since last March. Chamber opera, with its relatively short running time and pared-down cast and orchestra, is the perfect alternative for the … » Read


A Cold Salome, Out of Sync with Strauss's Hot Score

February 26, 2021 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN-- Damiano Michieletto's new staging of Salome has been a long time coming. The production was due to open in March 2020 at La Scala, with Music Director Riccardo Chailly conducting. After the pandemic shuttered Italy’s performance … » Read


Opera Comes to Life in West Palm. Part 2

February 25, 2021 | John Fleming, Musical America
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –  When Palm Beach Opera was organizing its outdoor festival, which continues through Feb. 27 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheater, it found—due to the Covid-19 lockdown—a ready supply of top-level … » Read


Opera, Live and In-Person in West Palm Beach. Part 1

February 24, 2021 | John Fleming, Musical America
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  –  After almost a year of not experiencing opera live and in person because of the coronavirus pandemic, to hear stars like Michael Fabiano, Latonia Moore, and Isabel Leonard in a semi-staged concert of La … » Read

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